HELL'S HIGHWAY, story by Samuel Ornits, Robert Tasker and Rowland Brown; directed by Rowland Brown; an RKO Radio Production. At the RKO Mayfair.
Frank Ellis . . . . . Richard Dix
Johnny Ellis . . . . . Tom Brown
Mary Ellen . . . . . Rochelle Hudson
Blacksnake Skinner . . . . . C. Henry Gordon
Pop-Eye Jackson . . . . . Warner Richmond
Blind Maxie . . . . . Sandy Roth
Matthew the Hermit . . . . . Charles Middleton
Rascal . . . . . Clarence Muse
Whiteside . . . . . Stanley Fields
Romeo Schultz . . . . . Jed Kiley
Society Red . . . . . Fuzzy Knight
Hype . . . . . Bert Starkey
Spike . . . . . Bob Perry
Buzzard . . . . . Harry Smith
Turkey Neck . . . . . Edward Hart
Billings . . . . . Oscar Apfel
November 3, 2010 Subject:
Tough Raw Film.
David O. Selznick film from RKO. Richard Dix is in top form as a tough con on a chain gang. The things depicted in the film were all too common place at the time the film was made, and shows them for all their ugliness. No hearts and flowers here. A very young Tom Brown was beginning to show his acting chops in this film too. Was it an "expose'" much like "They Made Me A Fugitive"? I'm not sure. The film moves along quite well with some very adult dialogue and and action and never feels sorry for itself. Charles Middleton, usually a stone-cold villian, has the best supporting roll and the last line of the piece which is also quite funny. Well made Dix film and well worth seeing. Enjoy.
March 9, 2010 Subject:
An amazing movie
When one says the phrase: They don't make films like that today, one probably has this one in mind.
No annoyingly dramatic music, instead pure classic acting and amazingly well shot pictures.
If you bored by standard mainstream-dramas you should take one hour off and watch this wonderful movie. It even has a cool last line.